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Intro to governor spawns community action council

Lakeside community leaders who were invited to attend a luncheon with Governor Aristoteles Sandoval during his August 8 visit took advantage of the occasion to do more than casual glad-handing with the state’s chief executive. They turned it into an opportunity to bend the ear of members of Sandoval’s cabinet, soliciting top-level attention to a variety of pressing local issues.


Guadalajara immigration boss meets foreign residents

Ricardo Vera Lira, the newly appointed Guadalajara delegate of the Instituto Nacional de Migracion (INM), was formally introduced to the lakeside community at a public meeting held Thursday, August 22 at the campus of the Instituto Terranova.


Chapala water level rising steadily

Lake Chapala is recovering its water level well and has gained 39 centimeters since the first rains of the season began on June 13.


Weeding out fugitives

In the aftermath of the recent capture of Kenneth James Stopkotte, a man on the run from U.S. authorities who had holed up in San Juan Cosala, Chapala’s immigration chief Juan Carlos Galvan is anxious to pull out the stops to weed out any other foreign fugitives who may choose lakeside as a hideout spot.


Mayor advances in slashing payroll while other troubles brew

Chapala Mayor Joaquin Huerta appears to be making headway in trimming fat off the city’s spending budget and efforts to protect future administrations from the kind of financial pickle he inherited in taking office just over 10 months ago. But it appears likely he will be sweating out multiple troubles until his term ends two years hence. 


Triple murder doubles Joco’s August homicide toll

With the discovery of three bodies dumped at the side of the highway early Monday, August 26, the homicide rate in the Municipality of Jocotepec has taken a steep upward spike over the past month.


Chapala fountain fixed

Chapala’s landmark Fuente de Pescadores is fully intact once again following the reinstallation of a damaged piece and other repairs completed on Friday, August 2.


Ajijic family loses relative in dramatic car crash

A Texas resident with family ties in Ajijic was killed instantly in a single car rollover accident that occurred on the Guadalajara Chapala highway near Ixtlahuacan de los Membrillos in the early hours of Thursday, August 22.


Advisory committee works magic

In the five months since since Ajijic Delegado Hector España pulled together a mixed group of residents to guide him in setting an agenda to better the community, folks are starting to appreciate small changes that make a big difference.


US Ambassador connects with lakeside expatriates

During a two-day visit to Guadalajara early this week, United States Ambassador to Mexico E. Anthony Wayne made a quick trip to Ajijic to meet with resident expatriates. The courtesy call with around 100 invited guests took place Monday, August 26 on the grounds of the Lake Chapala Society.


‘Tornados’ on Lake Chapala startle some visitors

Terror spread among some visitors when a waterspout (in Spanish: culebra, chimenea, tromba or manga) rose from Lake Chapala Saturday morning about 9 a.m. in front of the Hotel Real in Ajijic. 


Eleven students receive musical scholorships

Eleven students received music scholarships totaling 94,500 pesos following auditions held August 15 at the Gonzalez Gallo Cultural Center in Chapala. Nineteen applicants auditioned for the monetary awards.


Governor breaks ground for Jocotepec hospital

Jalisco Governor Jorge Aristoteles Sandoval Diaz visited Jocotepec on Thursday, August 8, to break ground for a community hospital designed to serve 88,000 inhabitants in the lakeshore region who lack social security benefits and medical insurance to deal with health issues.


Local fire department in disarray as Ajijic home goes up in smoke

A raging fire destroyed the second story living quarters built above a centrally located Ajijic stationery store on the evening of Saturday, August 17. The owner of the property, identified as Maria de Jesus Ramos Romero reportedly sustained first degree burns on her hands and arms while attempting to quell the flames before a neighbor came to her rescue.


Lakeside crime watch resurrected

The Lake Chapala Crime website is back on-line after a four month hiatus.


Lakeside Anglicans rub shoulders with Communion’s symbolic leader

Three Anglican clergy from the Lakeside area traveled to Monterrey for the historic first visit of a serving Archbishop of Canterbury to Mexico on August 13 and 14.


Chapala cops get training to sharpen performance skills

The men and women of Chapala’s municipal police force are becoming mentally equipped to better serve the public through specialized training courses programmed during their off-duty hours.


Lake recovery stalls despite governor’s safeguard pledge

Lake Chapala’s modest rainy season recovery came to a grinding halt and shifted into reverse almost immediately after Jalisco Governor Aristotoles Sandoval voiced a firm commitment to stand up for its protection.


Toddler drowns while dad fishes

A four-year-old girl drowned Friday, July 26 as she played at the edge of Lake Chapala with several other youngsters while her father was fishing out in the water.


San Juan fisherman stumbles on double homicide scene

A San Juan Cosala fisherman made the grisly discovery of two corpses as he headed towards Lake Chapala lake to board his fishing launch around 7 a.m. Sunday, August 11.


Atotonilquillo prepped for 20th anniversary Quince Fest

Atotonilquillo, Chapala’s most distant satellite community, is winding up to celebrate the 20th annual edition of Expo Membrillo, a colorful country-style fair set for August 10 and 11 that revolves around the town’s main fruit crop, the quince. 


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